I submitted a paper to a top journal last week. At first, the status showed “awaiting AE recommendation”. A few days ago, it was changed to “awaiting reviewer selection”. So I thought it passed the associate editor’s evaluation and now they were looking for reviewers. Even yesterday the status was still “awaiting reviewer selection”, but today it was changed to “awaiting EIC decision”. What does this mean? Does this mean that the AE changed his/her mind and recommended to desk reject my paper and put forth his/her recommendation to the editor?

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